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Prachi Patankar

Brooklyn Community Foundation
Senior Program Officer
Prachi Patankar joined the Brooklyn Community Foundation in December 2014, She plays an instrumental role in implementing the Foundation’s core initiatives and new grantmaking strategies. Previously, she worked at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council managing regrant and professional development programs and at the Tenement Museum bringing contemporary immigration perspective into the Museum's historical immigration focus. She has a MA from New York University in International Education and Communications. Prachi grew up in rural India, raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in peasant social movements. After receiving her BA from Swarthmore College, she went back to India where she established a school for children of people displaced by dams. For over a decade in New York City, she has been part of movements against war, police brutality, and racism. She has worked with social justice nonprofits like WITNESS, CHHAYA, and DRUM and has done popular-education training through organizations like Youth Solidarity Summer and Palestine Education Project. Prachi currently serves as a Board member of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities and works with South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), a New York–based collective she co-founded.